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Why Amazon Might Want a Big Piece of the Smartphone Market

Scowler Could be big if... (61 comments)

... there is no subscriber cost other than Amazon Prime, at least for a basic smartphone plan. A lot of cheapskates have no particular allegiance to iOS/Android, and would be starry-eyed by such a deal.

about 2 months ago
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Bloomberg Testing Productivity App For Oculus Rift

Scowler Re:I have this virtual image in my mind right now. (38 comments)

I imagined a little different. I imagined watching the Bloomberg Oculus Rift Business News Cable Channel. Complete with 40 live scrolling tickers, 10 simultaneous real-time stock market charts, 5 talking heads on the side incomprehensibly shouting over each other, 1 giant random talking head in the center saying something inane about company XYZ, and me getting a headache, a headache which was not induced by any system or motion lag.

about 3 months ago
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Ford's Bringing Adaptive Steering To the Masses

Scowler Re: I dislike electric power steering (128 comments)

I've had a couple of cars suffer hydraulic power steering failures in rather inconvenient far out locations. I don't know how reliable electric power steering is, but the competition has set the bar rather low.

about 4 months ago
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Watch Dogs Released, DRM Troubles

Scowler Re: Don't understand the hype (123 comments)

The main character has a smartphone which can do more than Angry Birds.

about 4 months ago
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Report: Samsung Building VR Headset For Its Phones & Tablets

Scowler Re: Facebook already destroyed it (49 comments)

What did Facebook do so far? Has the acquisition even been completed?? As far as I've heard, FB has merely given OR more cash resources to use, and have made no business decisions regarding future R&D and marketing of the device.

about 4 months ago
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Report: Samsung Building VR Headset For Its Phones & Tablets

Scowler Re: It.. can't be true! (49 comments)

At least OR headset looks like it will be mostly platform agnostic. (Imagine if they make a compelling demo at E3 show using OR + upcoming Destiny game from Bungee on both PS4 and XBone. That's "shut up and take my money" territory right there.) So... Android games? Are there any good ones that rely on 3D acceleration? I'm assuming that would require doing native development for Android, which still looks like the wild, Wild West of game development.

about 4 months ago
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Report: Samsung Building VR Headset For Its Phones & Tablets

Scowler Re: Connect to your phone? (49 comments)

Doesn't HMD work better with dual display, one for each eye? Or is that only if you want stereoscopic features?

about 4 months ago
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Report: Samsung Building VR Headset For Its Phones & Tablets

Scowler Re: It.. can't be true! (49 comments)

Right now all of these HMD products are all in prototype phase, with nothing actually available for sale yet. I do not dispute that Facebook/OR probably has the pole position right now, but they really need to release something this calendar year to keep that position. They also better have something impressive to show at E3.

about 4 months ago
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Blizzard Sues Starcraft II Cheat Creators

Scowler Re: Blizzard Shizzard (252 comments)

Promoting cheating is little different than promoting theft or fraud. Would we be arguing over copyrights regarding key loggers? Or some software to grab customer info via that SSL bug?

about 4 months ago
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Blizzard Sues Starcraft II Cheat Creators

Scowler Re: Game fairness (252 comments)

Electronic circumvention does not have much protection under the law (see DMCA), particularly if the purpose of the tool is fraudulent in nature. DeCSS preceded DMCA, I believe, but probably would have been legally vulnerable at the time otherwise.

about 4 months ago
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Blizzard Sues Starcraft II Cheat Creators

Scowler Re: copyright? (252 comments)

Copyright is a sideshow in this matter... It's the circumvention that's the main issue. If I installed a key logger on your PC, would you even care if I had obeyed copyright law in obtaining that software? Cheat software in a multiplayer context is no different than key logging malware, in that it has a deleterious effect on the people playing the game.

about 4 months ago
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Blizzard Sues Starcraft II Cheat Creators

Scowler Re: Game fairness (252 comments)

If I advertise and/or distribute a method to cheat in MLB, I could get hit by a copyright claim (amongst other things), regardless how that method is implemented.

about 4 months ago
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Blizzard Sues Starcraft II Cheat Creators

Scowler Re: Blizzard Shizzard (252 comments)

It's cheating, whether it's in the form of software, or a cash bribe to the refs. I think cheating is worth very little in terms of free speech value.

about 4 months ago
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Blizzard Sues Starcraft II Cheat Creators

Scowler Game fairness (252 comments)

Blizz is doing the right thing here, they are protecting their players. And the law should treat cheat software the way it would treat cash bribes to a soccer referee or baseball umpire.

about 4 months ago
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Zenimax Sues Oculus Over VR Tech

Scowler Re: Prior Art (97 comments)

Please. In the context of this article, call them "virtual realities", not "beliefs".

about 4 months ago
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Declining LG's New Ad-friendly Privacy Policy Removes Features From Smart TVs

Scowler Re: Send it back.... (221 comments)

It hasn't happened quite yet, but soon Ethernet will be bundled along with AV feed in that HDMI cable. Actually preventing Internet access to the TV and other AV equipment will become trickier at that point, particularly for consumers who don't know how to configure their router very well.

about 4 months ago
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How Virtual Reality Became Reality

Scowler Re: Look, I loved the Rift right up until Satan b (104 comments)

Of course they will give out the SDK, and of course you can do whatever you want with it. It's like Apple, though... if you want to distribute your VR IP through the Rift store, probably your IP will have to comply with ToS. Even Google Play Store has that, if perhaps a more forgiving one. And, as far as adult content goes, you think an independent OR company would be any different in their rules? They would still be based in the USA, and still have the same legal and PR concerns. Having seen some of what happens in Second Life, it's clear that VR adult content can get pretty, um, "imaginative", and not putting age blocks on that is taking a huge unnecessary risk.

about 4 months ago
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How Virtual Reality Became Reality

Scowler Re: Look, I loved the Rift right up until Satan b (104 comments)

Let's put it another way: Facebook is platform agnostic, much more so than their competitors. They don't care iOS vs Android, PC vs Mac vs Linux vs consoles, XBox vs PS4 vs Nintendo. If you have a Rift application you want to build, they will shrug at your platform choice and only provide comments about the VR contents itself. Maybe because they are a Social company, they will prefer your VR thingie be multi-user, but I don't see them saying no to anything of decent quality. Even adult content should be ok if it has adequate age restrictions implemented.

about 4 months ago
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How Virtual Reality Became Reality

Scowler Re: Look, I loved the Rift right up until Satan bo (104 comments)

Facebook isn't going to do anything that will inhibit this device, not while it still hasn't established a market for itself. They aren't stupid. In the very worst case, they require any avatar/profile to be associated with a FB account, which is a minor privacy annoyance, nothing more.

about 4 months ago
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Should Tesla Make Batteries Instead of Electric Cars?

Scowler Re: They've been pushing this angle for a while (362 comments)

Automakers get kind of trapped in iterative design on established product lines. Any changes to a car line already selling in the hundreds of thousands obviously has to go through extensive reviews with suppliers, marketers, dealers, etc. Any big change requires Herculean effort (the recent change to all-aluminum body in the F150 is a good example.). But new products, often built on a new key technology, often quickly become engineering playgrounds. The first Prius was like this... Even though the new thing then was hybrid drivetrain, Toyota poured a whole lot of other unrelated ideas into that car, many of which succeeded and migrated to other Toyota product lines.

about 4 months ago

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